River cruises are a whole different experience in cruising, and one of my favorites. The slow roll of the current as it wends its way through the scenic countryside, with its unique destinations, is an experience not to be missed.
These cruises can be hard to come by in the U.S., so I was pleased to hear that American Cruise Lines (ACL) is bringing the river cruise experience here in 2012.
ACL recently announced that it is building a 140-passenger paddlewheeler that will cruise the Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland rivers. The new ship’s appearance will reflect that of a traditional Mississippi riverboat, and features will include six lounges, a library, a dining salon, elevator service to all decks and the large staterooms found on all ACL ships.
ACL is currently accepting reservations in response to demand from their consumer base, who have advocated these routes after experiencing the East Coast and Columbia River cruises that ACL offers.
The first cruise is in this series is scheduled to depart Aug. 11, 2012, from New Orleans on a seven-night journey up the Mississippi to Memphis.